Letter appeared in The Tennessean this morning.

Chicken regulation should apply to all districts equally

The Metro Council voted Tuesday night to allow residents to keep up to six chickens as pets on their property. While I am pleased that this vote is behind them and they can focus on more pressing matters, I am disturbed by an amendment that exempted eight council districts from the new ordinance.

I am apprehensive at a precedent of allowing council members to pick and choose which rules apply in their district. Perhaps this is a harmless mechanism to keep the peace with their constituent base, but oddly drawn borders between districts should not be the boundaries of what laws apply and which do not.

A city with 35 council districts — only a few city blocks wide in some areas — does not need neighborhood-level laws.

Stephen Yeargin (East Nashville, 37206)